social media

How much is too much information for a prospective employer to have?

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I hesitated to post about this, but I couldn’t keep quiet any longer. This is in response to this news story:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fc%2Fa%2F2012%2F03%2F20%2FBUAG1NNHQ2.DTL. Basically certain employers feel like it is okay to ask for your user name and password as a condition of employment. I personally feel like that is outrageous. You can see the same thing that the public sees. Why should you be able to access my personal social media account and make changes to my account without me knowing it, just because I happened to apply for a job with you? I can understand you wanting to see my profile. However, you’re not getting my username and password, not a chance. What would you do if you were on an interview and they asked you to give them your username and password to Facebook or Twitter?

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Why SOPA is a scary bill

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Okay unless you have been under a rock this week, I am sure you have heard the noise about SOPA. I’m not going to repeat what SOPA is because mashable already did an excellent job of explaining SOPA here: http://mashable.com/2012/01/17/sopa-dangerous-opinion/. What will this mean for small business owners? Well if the sites that you use to get traffic from go down, how will you promote yourself? If SOPA passes, every file sharing site you can think of would have to shut down because they could be sued for facilitating copyright infringement. I know some of the supporters have pulled support away from this bill – http://mashable.com/2012/01/18/pipa-sopa-abandon-bill/. However, the main supporter still thinks this is a good idea (don’t know why) – http://mashable.com/2012/01/18/sopa-not-over/. So keep contacting your representatives. It looks like this battle is not quite over.

Blogging

What I’ve learned from trying to blog everyday

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I’m trying to blog everyday as part of a challenge issued by a marketer affectionately known as Dr. Mani. He challenged his subscribers to blog everyday. I’ve learned that this is a hard task. I’ve got a toddler and an erratic work schedule at my regular job. That makes it tough for me to schedule a set time to blog. Like right now, I’m so sleepy I’m about to fall asleep while typing this, but it is important to me to get back into my rhythm of publishing regularly (I slid into publishing whenever I felt like it after my daughter was born). So even though I’m sleepy, I have decided to write about something. Accountability is also important. If I hadn’t promised to Dr. Mani that I would blog everyday it would be really easy for me to just eat my dinner, play with my daughter and go to bed. So that’s my post for today. I know it’s not long. I’ll try to do better later in the week. *yawn* Good night.

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Sign this petition so we can have a new holiday for Working Moms

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I know the term “working mom” sounds kind of like an oxymoron since there is no such thing as a non working mom. However, there is a movement going on right now to give moms who work a job outside the house an additional holiday, the Monday after Mother’s Day. I think it is a great idea and long overdue. So go to this website to sign the petition and share the video: http://www.workingmomsonly.com/working-moms-day/